As a University of Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
If you decide to only take one module per semester, you will only need to be at the University Dubai campus for the duration of that module and any scheduled tutorials (organised by each module leader depending on the module). You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study.
Personal tutors – You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at the University of Birmingham (Dubai).
Wellbeing Officers – Alongside your personal tutor, you will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it
Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.
Resources to support your studies with us
These resources and material can support some excellent preparation for your programme of study.
Research critical appraisal
How to read a research paper
Academic assignments: Referencing your sources
Academic assignments. Essay planning
Neuromusculoskeletal assessment and management resources (Not an exhaustive list):
- Joy Higgs; Gail M. Jensen; Stephen Loftus; Nicole Christensen 2018. Clinical reasoning in the health professions. Elsevier, Fourth edition, ISBN 9780702065057
- Mark A. Jones; Darren A. Rivett 2019. Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal practice. Elsevier, Second edition. ISBN 070205979X, 9780702059797
- Palastanga, N. and Soames, R. (2018) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function. 7th Edition. Elsevier.
- Nicola Petty and Dionne Ryder 2017. Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment - A Handbook for Therapists, 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780702067174, 978-0702067174
- Karim Khan 2015. Grieve's modern musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Elsevier. Fourth edition. ISBN 9780702066504
- Paul Brukner and Karim Khan 2019. Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th edn, Vol 1 and 2. McGraw Medica
At M-level contact hours vary significantly from week to week depending on whether you are studying full-time or part-time and the modules that you are enrolled on. These hours may include lectures, seminars, interactive discussions, and practical (hands-on). Outside of these times, staff are also available for individual meetings, feedback, and informal supervisions.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways to help you transition to a new style of learning Masters level. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed. Assessments methods will vary with each module and could include coursework, such as essays; group presentations, individual presentations, critical discussions (VIVA Voce), and practical assessments. You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so you can learn from each assignment as you move through your programme.